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Sing an applet!

August 26th, 2004

I just stumbled on this page. Great! Yep, learning the answers to those questions by heart will most certainly help you to ace your next interview. The hardest one seems to be question #68. But my favorite is #99:
How do you sing an Applet?
Dunno. C minor?

Aantwaarpe (Dutch)

August 25th, 2004

Geboren en getogen zijnde in Turnhout, en inwijkeling zijnde in 's lands metropool, kon ik deze wel appreciren:

Conversatie in de ZOO van Antwerpen:

Een vogel, een vis en een krokodil aan den toog in de bar van de zoo.

- Och zegt die vogel, ik heb het hier allemaal gezien, ik ben 't hier een beeteke muug. Ik kan goe vliege, mijn vrouw kan goe vliege, Mijn kinderen kunnen goe vliege, als we de kans hemme zijn we weg, Terug naar Afrika.

- Ja, zegt die vis. Ik ben het hier ook wa muug. Ik kan goe zwemme, mijn vrouw kan goe zwemme, mijn kinderen kunne goe zwemme, als we de kans hemme zijn we weg, terug naar de Middellandse zee.

- Och, zegt die krokodil, ik wee het nog niet. K'hem een groot bakkes, mijn wijf heeft een groot bakkes, mijn joeng hemme een groot bakkes. Ik denk da'k hier in Antwaarepe blijf !!!

Blogging is useful

August 24th, 2004

I just got use out of my blog! Somebody asked me how to chunk results in Oracle, and I remembered vaguely that I had done that before. A nice Google query returned me this entry. The "external memory" part of the subtitle of this blog is not an accident!

Update: laughed too soon (again). That link didn't provide any information on chunking in Oracle, only on other databases. This one seems to come closer to the truth. Still investigating, though.

Earth at night

August 24th, 2004

I've seen this picture before, but it stays fascinating to look at all those lights. Most remarkable lights for me: the bright line that is the Nile. I didn't really expect that.

Via Bertrand, world-traveller (and occasional item-looser, but in my mind first and foremost Cocooner)

Update: Dang! Where is the RSS feed for this?

Windshield vision

August 23rd, 2004

Ever heard of the term "windshield vision"? It's sometimes also referred to as "dashboard vision". It is most often used to describe the situation where traffic decision makers only look from the perspective behind the steering wheel of a car, when planning new roads, finetuning traffic lights, or deciding where to clear snow first. This, as you can imagine, gives some very fine results. When a bicycler wants to cross a road (just driving straight ahead), more often than not, he has to deviate from his line, so that he gets further away from the road where the cars drive (rationale: this gives cars that have to make a right turn, space to move away from the other cars that come from behind. Oversights: on slippery roads, making 2 consecutive 90 turns is neck-breaking; cars coming from the crossing road have enough excuse to block the bicycle path "otherwise they can't see the cars coming") Another fine example is that cross-road where a bicycle meets 2 red lights (and, as a result, has to wait at least for one of them, and often for both) just to drive straight ahead.

Well, that's just one explanation of the term. The other one is where car drivers use the excuse "I didn't see you coming" after you hit them when you had right-of-way. Even when you've been watching them for 30 seconds before they reached the crossroads. The reasoning? "The cars are only 5 meters further. Here are only bicyclers. I'm sure they'll stop for me. So I don't even need to watch out for them." Except that, well, I don't.

I'm good, thank you. That steam coming from my ears? It will stop soon, I hope.

Duke screensaver

August 20th, 2004

I've been looking for this a while ago: a Duke screensaver (via Simon). I can't imagine it's the only one out there, but it's the only one I've found so far.

Exercise result

August 19th, 2004

I finally took the time to replace my picture on the right (for the non-rss-feedreaders amongst you, that is). For your reference, this is the old version:

The new picture was cropped from this one:

Speedy Gonzalez

August 19th, 2004

If I would have been on a scooter, I would have been speeding: my maximum speed on a bicycle path this morning:

I have to admit, I might have had just the slightest downwind.

Java Interview Questions

August 16th, 2004

My "Java Interview Questions" ranking is slipping down. Now I feel all neglected.

Just want to play a bit...

That old memory...

August 16th, 2004

Does this sound familiar?

No shame

August 6th, 2004

This is new. What I found in my inbox today:

Looks all very official. Even the URL looks good. Except, it is one big GIF image. And I'm not a client of Citibank. And even if I was, they would have another email address than the one this was sent to.

The trick is in the link: it appears that clicking there would bring you to that https url. But instead, you go to some obscure page : http://%36%34%2e%31%36%33%2e%31%39%30%2e%31%35%34:34/%63%69%74/%69%6E%64%65%78%2E%68%74%6D

What really hit me, was the fact that they claim to protect against identity theft. And at the same time, do it themselves. Bastards.

Solaris

August 4th, 2004

Solaris for free? O-kay, you got me interested... But eum... Jonathan, you say "it's free for you to use", and the license says "... license to use [...] the Software [...] for the sole purpose of designing, developing and testing your applets and applications to run on the Solaris platform." Since I don't design, develop or test Firefox, I couldn't run it then? Bummer. You almost got me there, though.

IANAL.

Hackers

August 2nd, 2004

Hani made me find Paul Graham's essay about hackers. One sentence that sticks out:

They generally feel that they're stupid and lazy, that their brain only works properly one day out of ten, and that it's only a matter of time until they're found out.
I must be a great hacker then...

In the same spirit as this, only now it's Monday.

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